A dialogue on language for a more inclusive society

I grew up in Seattle — on traditional Coast Salish land — in the ’60s and ’70s. As a child, I didn’t truly understand the counterculture protests and the civil rights movement. Still, I saw that music, fashion, and hairstyles were changing — and with them, attitudes.

I was —…

The art of stamp collecting — philately — might seem like a thing of the past, given how much these days we use email, social media, and shared drives in the cloud to send messages, documents, and photos.

But postage stamp collections are anything but passé. My millennial friends who…

There were container trucks everywhere, most of them backed into black-bumpered loading docks, which were at a height that only our heads were high enough to see over. We didn’t care. Our attention was focussed downwards, intent on scanning the gravelled staging area for bright pieces of metal.

We were…

My brother and I used to collect all kinds of things, but one of the more expensive activities that resulted in uneven collections were our respective obsessions with plastic models — small versions of larger things that we had to assemble ourselves with glues and cements.

Both of us had…

Product placement has always been a part of many a corporate strategy to get goods and services recognized and top-of-mind, from daytime television shows originally sponsored by US soap manufacturers to fast food characters in bright, cartoonish costumes.

And so, somehow my brother and I received the ultimate take-home promotion…

We hid around the corner in the living room. Our breathing was quiet, our positions stock-still. Our attention was focussed on our mother, at the kitchen sink, washing up the pots and pans from dinner. A quick peek around the edge of the wall showed that she was almost done.

A personal approach to protect your privacy online

Recently, several friends asked my advice on how to improve their internet security when browsing the web, checking email, and scrolling through news feeds on their phones.

I confessed that while I was no expert, I was happy to share what I do to protect my own privacy online. Afterwards…

Why governments need to educate their communities on differences in lifestyles, customs, and heritage

When the Fab Five launched the hit Netflix makeover series Queer Eye in 2018, they did so with a singular goal in mind: to normalize themselves to a broad swath of people in Georgia — a US state struggling with contentious issues around race, religion, and gay rights.

This goal…

David Laulainen

I write about how small achievable changes to everyday habits can have bigger global impact. Stories: medium.com/oh-brother

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